‘A Tricky Question’: Top Biden Nominee Saule Omarova Struggles To Answer Question On Whether High Gas Prices Are Bad For Americans

Daily Caller, senate fillibuster

Thomas Catenacci

Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden’s pick for a top Treasury Department position, struggled to answer whether she thinks higher gasoline prices are bad for the U.S. during a Banking Committee hearing Thursday.

“Senator, that’s a tricky question,” Omarova, who was nominated for the Treasury’s high-ranking comptroller of the currency post, said in response to Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty’s question.

“It’s probably bad for America,” she continued after the Tennessee senator followed up. “It’s not my expertise.”

Hagerty noted that Omarova was “having a hard time acknowledging that higher gas prices are bad.”

Omarova has faced intense backlash for previous writings and left-wing positions since Biden nominated her in September and every Republican is expected to vote against confirming her. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Jon Tester have also expressed “real concerns” with her leading the key Treasury office, Fox Business reported.


Hagerty’s questioning was prompted by Omarova’s previous statements on the U.S. energy sector. In the last several months, she has argued in favor of bankrupting and starving the fossil fuel industry to promote clean energy.

“Here what I’m thinking about is primarily the coal and oil and gas industry,” Omarova stated during a virtual seminar in March. “A lot of the smaller players in that industry are going to probably go bankrupt in short order, at least we want them to go bankrupt if we want to tackle climate change.”

“So, the way we basically get rid of those carbon financiers is we starve them of their sources of capital,” she said during a different event two months later.

The Biden administration, meanwhile, has been scrambling to combat increasing gasoline prices which have hit multiyear highs in recent weeks. The president has blamed large oil companies, Middle Eastern producers and has turned to other nations including China, asking them to tap emergency oil reserves.

However, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week that the administration viewed higher gas prices as proof that the country needs to transition to green energy solutions.

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C E Voigtsbergfer

How much of the price of a gallon of gas is taxes in CA? The blame for that is gas producers in the Middle East? The sales tax is based on the price per gallon of gas. Government benefits from higher gas prices. Don’t tell me government wonks aren’t aware of the benefit to the state and local governments from higher pump prices. Or are you trying to tell everyone that they are just too dense to understand that?

Michael A...

There is nothing “tricky” about wanting these knuckleheads out of government.

William Hicks

It will be taken care of with a five year plan similar to how the USSR did things. Just get used to higher energy, including electrical sources, and less of it available.